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Joshua 14

Joshua 14

Joshua 14 – Caleb was one of the 12 men alongside Joshua when over 40 years before had gone into the land to spy out what awaited the people…

Joshua 13

Joshua 13

Joshua 13 – “Now Joshua was old and advanced in years when the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and very much of the…

Joshua 12

Joshua 12

Joshua 12 – It reads as an exhaustive list. In fact, to us who were not involved in the battle of taking of the land, we are probably apt…

Joshua 10

Joshua 10

Joshua 10 – Throughout the Israelites taking of their new land we see Joshua’s integrity and faith. He was called to victory and acted upon it. When the kings…

Joshua 9

Joshua 9

Joshua 9 – They were a people living in Canaan. As Israel had conquered two cities, news brought terror far and wide. Deception would be the tactic the people…

Joshua 8

Joshua 8

Joshua 8 – With the failure behind them, having cleansed the camp of Achan and his sin, Joshua readied the people for their second attempt at taking Ai. The…

Joshua 7

Joshua 7

Joshua 7 – The Israelites went from an extreme high to the very depth of low. The unfolding of the story of Jericho was astounding as they conquered the…

Joshua 6

Joshua 6

Joshua 6 – The Canaanites considered Jericho invincible. Built thousands of years before Joshua, it was one of the oldest cities of the world and a fortress. The walls…

Joshua 5

Joshua 5

Joshua 5 – The Israelites spent 40 years in the desert because they were terrified of the Canaanites. They foolishly doubted God’s ability to do for them what He…

Joshua 4

Joshua 4

Joshua 4 – It almost seems like a pause. The entire nation of Israel had crossed over the Jordan River and didn’t move any further. There was an act…

Joshua 3

Joshua 3

Joshua 3 – “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”– Joshua 3:5 My gosh, I love this statement Joshua made to the people on the…

Joshua 2

Joshua 2

Joshua 2 – Joshua was a man of strong leadership. He had been trained for this moment by God and through Moses. He had accompanied him partway up the…

Joshua 1

Joshua 1

Joshua 1 – For 40 years the Israelites had wandered throughout the desert. It wasn’t because they were following their leader – far from it…

Matthew 28

Matthew 28

Matthew 28 – “He is risen!”  These are 3 words that have changed the very outlook and trajectory of all humankind. These 3 words are the key…

Matthew 27

Matthew 27

Matthew 27 – Four miraculous events took place at Jesus’ death.  Darkness came upon the land. The curtain in the temple was torn in two. …

Matthew 26

Matthew 26

Matthew 26 – “Why the waste?”  We use such a question when we consider something that was of value is recklessly used up.  Obviously this concerns physical…

Matthew 25

Matthew 25

Matthew 25 – David Wilkerson was the founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York. His humble beginnings were in Indiana where in time he would…

Matthew 24

Matthew 24

Matthew 24 – It began as a random observation by the disciples which turned into quite a teaching of end times and Jesus’ return in all His…

Matthew 23

Matthew 23

Matthew 23 – The word hypocrisy in Greek was a term used for an actor onstage who played a specific role. Jesus took this word and turned…

Matthew 22

Matthew 22

Matthew 22 – I remember after The Warehouse had been established for about 3 years I was struggling with a few things concerning the church. Although not…

Matthew 21

Matthew 21

Matthew 21 – We often look at Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem as a statement. He was humble. But what He rode was a powerful statement. He was…

Matthew 20

Matthew 20

Matthew 20 – We often live in the mindset – people get what they deserve.  We think about this when it comes to the laws of the…

Matthew 19

Matthew 19

Matthew 19 – Let’s face it, childlike trust in God is hard. Many times circumstances bombard our thoughts to the point of giving up.  Our bank account…

Matthew 18

Matthew 18

Matthew 18 – It is almost ironic that Jesus looks to little children in making a point to his own men about greatness.  It’s hard not to…

Matthew 17

Matthew 17

Matthew 17 – It’s known as the Transfiguration.  Jesus took his closest friends with Him to the mountain and what took place was more than astounding.  The…

Matthew 16

Matthew 16

Matthew 16 – One of the deadliest enemies of the church is cheap grace. We cheapen the grace of Jesus that has been given so freely to…

Matthew 15

Matthew 15

Matthew 15 – We spend a lot of time and money investing in making ourselves look good, feel better about ourselves.  From the makeup industry to fashion lines…

Matthew 14

Matthew 14

Matthew 14 – Need is everywhere.  We stand in the sea of human hurt, unbelievable pain others have.  Their hardship slaps against us like waves of the…

Matthew 13

Matthew 13

Matthew 13 – Jesus taught in parables and this chapter is chock of several tremendous truths.  Truths that to the hearers either they ‘got’ or they didn’t. …

Matthew 12

Matthew 12

Matthew 12 – There is no neutral ground with Jesus. We either believe who He is and act accordingly or we don’t. We either live in that…

Matthew 11

Matthew 11

Matthew 11 – The prison walls felt like they were closing in on him.  The cold dampness they held seemingly, somehow began to creep into his mind…

Matthew 10

Matthew 10

Matthew 10 – In the choosing of the disciples, it is obvious he didn’t decide who ‘qualified’ for the job based on pedigree or social standing.  They…

Matthew 9

Matthew 9

Matthew 9 – Human need is all around us.  The question is do we see it completely with the heart of compassion or with a heart of…

Matthew 8

Matthew 8

Matthew 8 – Life’s storms can take on different meanings and venues for each of us.  They can come on unexpectedly, bring a devastation to our person…

Matthew 7

Matthew 7

Matthew 7 – As Jesus finishes His sermon, He has done a remarkable thing.  He’s taken the Law and made it practical or deeply personal.  Often in…

Matthew 6

Matthew 6

Matthew 6 – Within the times of which Jesus spoke, there were 3 pillars of a godly life the Teachers of the Law taught.  They proclaimed if…

Matthew 5

Matthew 5

Matthew 5 – The United States has the Declaration of Independence.  The Communist regime operated under Karl Marx’s thoughts of the Communist Manifesto. 

Matthew 4

Matthew 4

Matthew 4 – After Jesus’ 40 days in the desert with the temptations of Satan playing on every aspect of His calling and life; mocking who He…

Matthew 3

Matthew 3

Matthew 3 – John the Baptist was one unique guy.  Today we would say strange on many fronts.  From his odd clothing to the wild look he…

Matthew 2

Matthew 2

Matthew 2 – Every Christmas Nativity scenes are pulled out and set for the season.  Each character represents one found in Scripture who was there.  From the…

Matthew 1

Matthew 1

Matthew 1 – There is reason Matthew is placed as the first of the 4 Gospels. First, among the early church, it was known as the most…

Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 – The readings of Proverbs come to a close. These have spoken of most practical and inspirational advice to walk uprightly before God. They have shown the…

Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29 – Stiff-necked – Inflexibly obstinate, haughty, stubborn. – Merriam Webster Within the Old and New Testaments, this word was used for those who were stubborn and unable…

Proverbs 28

Proverbs 28

Proverbs 28 – Leadership is no easy thing. It’s ironic how many desire such a role but the responsibility of being a leader holds many tough decisions and acts…

Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27 – We need people in our lives who speak truth to us. We need others who are friends enough that they can talk freely about decisions we’ve…

Proverbs 26

Proverbs 26

Proverbs 26 – It’s hard to hold our tongue sometimes. We enter into a conversation where another may have an opposing view. We are dragged into a discussion where…

Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25 – It’s one of the Fruit of the Spirit. Self-Control is something all wrestle with and without it we can find ourselves in mess after mess, standing…

Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24 – My mom says quite often, “I don’t know what people do without God.” And this statement resonates so deeply because of the times we live in,…